Spay and neuter surgeries change the lives of free-roaming cats. For females, it means a lower risk of infections and pregnancy complications; for males, less fighting and fewer health problems. When the Feral Cat Spay/Neuter Project started in 1997, the mission was to spay and neuter as many free-roaming cats as possible, helping reduce overpopulation and the need for euthanasia deaths in community shelters.
Today, the organization has expanded its work to include all cats, including those with homes. When a cat arrives for surgery, it also receives a basic health exam, rabies vaccination, and, for free-roaming cats, an ear tip to identify it as spayed or neutered. Since its inception, the Feral Cat Spay/Neuter Project has performed the surgery on more than 82,000 cats. The organization collaborates with other like-minded groups and individuals striving to care for animals in a safe, humane environment.
Dorothy Moore, owner of The Dining Dog, indulges canines with her full menu of meals and treats oriented to dogs' particular senses of taste. Tongues lap up doggy cocktails with names such as the Barkarita, and teeth happily crunch into entrees of fresh veggies, turkey loaf, steak, or chicken that have attracted the attention of local press and celebrities alike. Owners can further reward pets or buy their eternal silence with cupcakes in flavors that range from steak and cheese to peanut-butter bacon.
Amore Petcare’s team of animal-care specialists provides grooming services for dogs of all sizes and breeds. They can pamper tail-wagging clients with haircuts, baths, and nail treatments, or get pet owners situated to wash their own pups with cleansing stations stocked with all the supplies needed to get doggies clean without making a mess at home. Each station comes with shampoo and towels, as well as nail-trimming tools and a hair dryer. The shop’s waiting area gives humans a comfortable place to wait for canine companions being groomed by the staff. In fact, the whole family can wait it out, since the area boasts sofas, pet beds, and dry-erase boards for children to draw on or teach long division to schnauzers.
With 18,000 square feet of boarding facilities and 10 park-like spaces for pups to romp in, the Academy of Canine Behavior is a true pet-care destination. Dogs bunk down with the staff of trainers and behaviorists for the signature five-week Board and Train program, during which they learn proper manners, such as how to share toys, greet guests, and do their own taxes. Both boarding and daycare guests frolic in indoor or outdoor dog runs during the day, and cats can daydream about enemy birds in their own exclusive area. Owners can also schedule sessions with the on-site groomer, who has experience with hard-to-handle animals, especially those who insist on doing their own makeup.
Ginger Luke rescued her first dog in 2006—a dachshund that was kept locked in its owner’s bathroom and was in danger of being put down. After paying the pet’s owner $50, she retrieved the dog and began networking with her friends to find it a loving home. Today, Ginger's Pet Rescue continues this mission of saving as many dogs as possible from being euthanized. Since its establishment, it has found homes for more than 5,000 dogs. Volunteers from the organization rescue the dogs from shelters across the region, provide medical care and temperament examinations, and place them in loving, permanent homes.